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Project Assistant II, Grade 19

November 28, 2012 - December 26, 2012
Location:New York City, NY
Salary Range:$51,968.00 to $53,374.00 Plus $3,026.00 Location Pay
Benefits:Full Benefits According to Percentage of Full-time
Employment Type:Full Time
Division/Department:PI- Mental Health Services Research and Policy
Description:The RAISE (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) Connection Program is an NIMH-funded initiative, which seeks to fundamentally change the trajectory and prognosis of schizophrenia through coordinated and assertive treatment in the earliest stages of illness.

The goal of the RAISE Connection Program is to study an optimized treatment intervention for adolescents and young adults experiencing a first episode of psychosis designed to be delivered in real world practice settings to promote symptomatic recovery, minimize disability, and maximize functioning.
Duties:The Project Assistant will work as a member of a small, multidisciplinary team serving adolescents and young adults who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. The goal of the Project Assistant is to assist clients in remaining in or returning to school or work.

The duties will include:

 Engaging clients and establishing trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of education or competitive employment in community job settings.

 Providing job development and job search services directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of the individual placement and support approach to supported employment.

 Conducting a minimum of 4 employer contacts per week.

 Providing individualized support to assist clients in maintaining employment or education.

 Arranging access to benefits counseling.

 Spending 65% or more of scheduled work hours in the community. For example, meeting clients at community locations (e.g. home, workplace, school, coffee shop, library, etc.); taking clients to apply for jobs; investigating local employment options; or meeting with employers regarding job development.

 Completing required documentation.

 Is expected to have 2 job starts per quarter.

 Fulfilling other responsibilities as they emerge.
Qualifications:Education: BA in mental health-related field, social services, or business.

Training and experience working with adolescents and/or young adults with serious mental illness, experience providing employment services, and knowledge of the work world are preferred.

Ability to work as an effective team player is essential.

Special Individuals who have lived with mental illness are encouraged to apply.

This position involves regular and substantial contact with children. The successful candidate will be screened through the New York State Central Child Abuse Register prior to assuming any duties that will involve contact with children. There is a $25.00 fee for this service which must be paid by the successful candidate.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent benefits package, AA/EEO Employer.

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